Oleksandr Yaroslavsky plans to establish a state-of-the-art virology research center in Kharkiv. The Ukrainian businessman envisages the virology center as the focal point of a medical cluster at the multi-functional Ecopolis business ecosystem that he aims to create within the grounds of the sprawling Kharkiv Tractor Plant.
News of the virology research center was revealed this week by Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes. “Today, the world of science is searching for a vaccine to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Kharkiv is the scientific capital of Ukraine and 2020 is the year of medicine. With this in mind, Oleksandr Yaroslavsky and I have discussed the idea of creating a powerful virology research center in our city. This center will form part of the Ecopolis business park. It will be the only one of its kind in Ukraine, and will serve as the anchor for a wider medical cluster,” Kernes explained in a social media post.
The Kharkiv Mayor said the project would help strengthen the city’s status as a scientific hub. “We intend to invite leading virologists to develop drugs and vaccines capable of meeting today's needs, not only in terms of coronavirus. Kharkiv has always been a city of technological progress and medical expertise. This proud record will continue.”
Officials at Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group confirmed the plans and underlined that healthcare technology is one of the priority areas for the Ecopolist project, which is set to take shape on the territory of the iconic Kharkiv Tractor Plant. This multi-functional business ecosystem will feature an industrial park along with medical, IT, logistics, and educational clusters. Yaroslavsky will invest an estimated USD 1 billion into the project, with plans envisaging the creation of 10,000 tech sector work spaces. The initiative is seen as strategically important for the Ukrainian economy as it looks to build on the country’s booming IT industry while modernizing the traditionally strong but underperforming agricultural, industrial and manufacturing sectors.